Cadyn Cathers, MA
Affiliate Faculty, MA in Psychology
Interim Co-Director, LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology
(310) 578-1080 ext. 308EMAIL
I didn’t think that I would become a therapist when I was growing up. Before Antioch, I was even enrolled for 2 years in a PhD program in environmental toxicology. Along the way, I came out as transgender and I knew I wanted to be in a field where I was celebrated rather than just tolerated. Coming out changed my life trajectory significantly. I first became an LGBT activist, but I knew my passion could not sustain me in such an extroverted career and I found AULA’s LGBT Specialization.
As a student in the LGBT Specialization, I learned how my internalized homo/bi/transphobia keeps me from a more fulfilled life. It taught me about the beauty and wonder that comes with the unique, special LGBTQIA soul and essence. But I still didn’t understand the power of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy until I started my own psychoanalysis with a LGBTQIA affirmative psychoanalyst where as an MFT trainee, I was able to address vicarious traumatization from working with other transgender and gender non-conforming people. Through the containment and working through negative transference, I was able to explore my past and challenge my own internalized homo/bi/transphobia. I started to value myself, asking for what I wanted/needed, opened up to new levels of intimacy, became a stronger therapist, and healed wounds that I didn’t even know existed.
In addition to teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles, I have a robust private practice under supervision of Ken Scott, PsyD where I mostly see patients who are transgender and gender non-conforming in Glendale, CA.
I’m excited to share my knowledge and expertise about LGBT affirmative therapy and learn from all of your journeys as we co-create an educational and transformative experience that is unique to the LGBT specialization at AULA.
MA in Clinical Psychology, LGBT Specialization & Health Psychology Concentration, Antioch University Los Angeles
BS in Biology, Santa Clara University
In progress: PsyD in Applied Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Concentration, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Cathers, C., Carter, C. & Landon, S. (2017). Teaching LGBT Psychology in Community Settings In J. Stanley and T. Burnes (Ed.), Teaching LGBTQ Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.
- First Year Member Outstanding Service and Leadership, University of California at Riverside Queer Alliance, 2006-2007
- Best Presenter Award, UCR Graduate Student Association 4th Annual Research Conference, June 7th, 2008. “Toxicity Testing for the Ecdysone Agonist Formulation INTREPID®2F on Culex quinquefasciatus Larvae at Different Stages of Development”
Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships
- Chicago School of Professional Psychology Presidents Award: $7000 for the 2012-2013 school year
- Sandra Golvin Memorial Scholarship: $1250 for Winter 2009.
- Antioch Opportunity Grant: $1000 Winter 2009.
- Sandra Golvin Memorial Scholarship for Transgender-Affirmative Students: $2000 Winter 2008.
- University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (UC TSR&TP) Student Fellowship Recipient. “The Hidden Implications of Pesticides: Does Ecdysone Agonist-Induced Population Reduction Improve Mosquito Fitness-Related Life History Traits in Culex quinquefasciatus?” Funded for $59,910 for July 2008 – June 2010.
- Working Alliance with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Patients
- Disordered Eating in Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women
Human Sexuality (Psy 5470)
Process I (Psy 5010A)
Personality I: Psychodynamic Theories (Psy 5310A)
Psychopathology & Treatment Planning (Psy5410G)
Field Study (Psy5120A)
LGBT Specialization Classes:
LGBT Clinical and Psychological Wellness Across the Lifespan (PSy 5930FF)
Advanced Multi-Theory Approaches to LGBTQIA Clinical Work (Psy 5930RR)
Working with LGBTQIA Clients: Theoretical Applications (Psy 5930SS)
Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients: An Affirmative Approach (Psy 5930JJ)
Intersex Clients: Biomedical, Ethical and Psychological Considerations (Psy5931)
Therapeutic Process with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients (Psy 5930QQ)
Melanie Klein: Object Relations for Relational Therapies (Psy 5930W)
Making Melanie Klein Relevant: Accessing and Transforming Infantile States (Psy5730W)